Somers/North Salem Pulls off Magical Comeback

Coach John Veteri and Somers/North Salem's ice hockey team rallied for a big win over Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury last week. Credits: File photo

DANBURY, C.T. — Somers/North Salem’s ice hockey team improved to 5-3 with wins over Mamaroneck B and Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury.

Facing a big 4-0 deficit, Somers/North Salem scored seven unanswered goals to pull off a 7-4 victory over Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury, on Dec. 22, at Danbury Ice Arena.

Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury scored three quick goals to start the second period to go up 4-0. Brandon LaSpina (2G, 2A) began the comeback on a feed from Michael Garrity (2G, 2A) with 10 minutes left in the second. The duo switched roles with Garrity on the receiving end of a LaSpina pass for the Sabers’ next goal. Rachel Ross also had an assist on the goal.

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Garrity scored his second goal of the contest on a feed from LaSpina with 3:47 left in the second period to trim the deficit to 4-3. LaSpina notched his second goal with 2:39 left to send the game into the final period tied.

Michael Dutt scored what proved to be the game winner with 7:11 left in the third period with Nick Caleri and Garrity notching the assists. Anthony Morea added two insurance goals with Cross Santaniello assisting on one of them.

Ben Winter (11 saves) and Christopher Graham (8 saves) combined for 19 saves.

The Sabers defeated Mamaroneck B 8-1 on Dec. 21 at Hommocks Ice Rink. Somers/North Salem led just 1-0 after one period but pulled ahead 4-1 after two periods and added four goals in the final period.

“Our team came into this game looking for a strong lead right from the start,” Carley Bauckham said. “I think not knowing the team we are facing can sometimes lead to a slower start, but we were able to capitalize on some rebounds and shots.”

LaSpina (2G, 2A), Garrity (2G, 2A), Morea (1G, 2A), Bauckham (1G, 1A), Will Wiegelman (1G), Caleri (1G), Santaniello (2A) and Graham (11 saves) filled up the stat sheet in a win where the Sabers shined on both ends of the ice.

“We have some very strong defensive seniors this year,” Bauckham said. “Nicky Caleri, Michael Dutt and Cross Santaniello really shut down Mamaroneck’s offense and were a key in our first few points of the game.”

LaSpina said it was a positive to see everyone get involved in the two wins.

“The key was just getting back to the basics and getting the whole team involved,” LaSpina said. “Not just relying on one or two players. Most teams may only focus on one or two players in their game plan which allows other players to excel at scoring opportunities. Honestly, if we manage our lines affectively, we will compete with most of the best teams in the league.”

Girls basketball tops Hastings

North Salem bounced back from a loss to Woodlands with a 51-33 win over visiting Hastings on Wednesday, Dec. 21 ,behind a game-high 22 points from sophomore Grace Curran.

“Grace Curran played a great game,” North Salem coach Eric Buzzetto said. “She set the tone on defense, got the fast break started and was the key to our offense. She has the ability to take a game over when she is on.”

Buzzetto said the team wanted to push the pace on the offensive end and he said they accomplished that.

“We played very good team defense and rebounded very well the whole game,” Buzzetto said. “We finished very well in the paint and shot well from the foul line.”

North Salem, which improved to 4-3, will be working on its offensive system over the holiday break.

“We have been getting better throughout the year, but we can still improve a lot,” Buzzetto said. “The girls are starting to buy into the system and it seems to be working for us.”

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